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Member since Mar-10-07 · Last seen Oct-09-15
28 years old, USCF rating 1726. Personal best around 2100 blitz on ICC and Playchess. Around 1800 on FICS (handle: dumbgai). Inactive in OTB competition since 2011. Inactive in all chess since 2013.

I still follow professional chess because I'm curious to see who wins, but overall my sense is that too many people take this board game way too seriously.

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   dumbgai has kibitzed 2825 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-09-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
dumbgai: <as well as expected> Still an unusual case, then. Usually the tournament winner significantly overperforms. Svidler and Eljanov, for instance. The World Cup format is such that even a non-top-10 player can win without overperforming his rating.
   Oct-09-15 Women's Grand Prix Monte Carlo (2015) (replies)
dumbgai: Looks like a great day for the black pieces. 1-0 in Zhukova-Cramling, but in the other 6 games black has either already won or has the advantage.
   Oct-09-15 N Pogonina vs A Stefanova, 2015 (replies)
dumbgai: 96. fxg6 instead of f6 looks like an easy draw. Even though the white king is temporarily cut off, it's virtually impossible to win RP vs R when the pawn is an h-pawn.
   Oct-08-15 N Pogonina vs Yifan Hou, 2015 (replies)
dumbgai: Pogo won't be able to claim an equal score against Hou after this game.
   Oct-08-15 Yifan Hou vs Koneru, 2015
dumbgai: Well, Humpy had to win eventually...
   Oct-02-15 Iuri Shkuro
dumbgai: This guy has a 2792 FIDE blitz rating. Are he and Bogdanovich really better blitz players than Anand and Kramnik? It's an interesting question, but I suspect that FIDE blitz ratings are still largely provisional due to the high k-factors and the relatively few games played.
   Sep-30-15 Wei Yi (replies)
dumbgai: 30 points may not seem like much, but rating points obviously become more difficult to gain the higher you go. It's very hard to win against the top players, and every draw you make against lower (2600+) GMs causes you to lose points. I'd say that if Wei reaches 2765 by next year ...
   Sep-26-15 Eljanov vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
dumbgai: I hope this game is selected as GOTD sometime. The position after 47...Ra1 can also be used as a puzzle.
   Sep-26-15 Timman vs Wei Yi, 2015
dumbgai: If only poor Shirov had beaten Kasparov even once in all the years they competed together, Wei would have had a Kasparov number of 2 back in 2013!
   Sep-25-15 Karjakin vs Mamedyarov, 2015 (replies)
dumbgai: In a classical game the endgame would take a long time to play. It's not easy for white to convert, but also not easy for black to draw. Most likely white would have tortured black and tried to induce a blunder. But it was a blitz game that ended with flagging.
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